This is a somber Littlest Atheist strip from over the holidays. I kept thinking about how little credit we give ourselves as humans for making the world better. Yes, we’re responsible for a lot of screw-ups, but we’re also responsible for overcoming nature when it is out to kill our fellow man and woman. We also are continually making progress in human rights not to mention animal rights (which we bestow on our fellow creatures after contemplating the moral implications of unnecessary cruelties).
What we have trouble recognizing is that the word “miracle” is now equivalent to other quaint but meaningless verbal traditions as “bless you” when someone sneezes. Miracle does not mean a feat that surpasses what we could expect to happen within our physical realm. As noted by several skeptics and atheists, while someone may appear to be “miraculously” healed from an illness, the true miracle would show a man’s arm growing back before our very eyes after being severed by an accident. Recoveries and/or remissions from diseases sometimes are simply unexplained for the time being and therefore do not need to be attributed to a deity–in the future we may know exactly why these things happen as is usually the case when we advance in medical knowledge.
So as we go into the New Year, realize you can’t rely on the invisibly unverifiable and take time to look out for “your neighbor.” Humanism is preferable to fantasy and even the smallest acts of kindness can reverberate throughout our population.